DIY Dollar Tree Lantern Inserts with Cricut
Do you have an old dingy lantern laying around that’s see better days, like mine or do you have a new one? Doesn’t matter because these Dollar Tree cutting board inserts will work on either. With the help of the trusty Cricut Maker these things are simple and cheap to make. Let me show you how I did these diy Dollar Tree lantern inserts with Cricut.
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Old, Dingy Lantern
Do you have an old dingy lantern laying around that’s see better days, like mine or do you have a new one? Doesn’t matter because these Dollar Tree cutting board inserts will work on either. With the help of the trusty Cricut Maker these things are simple and cheap to make. Let me show you how I did these diy lantern inserts with Cricut.
I love lanterns and have several, but this poor guy got shoved back on a shelf and has been out of commission for a while. So long, the battery candle has turned pretty ugly and doesn’t work any more. The glass was filmy and just plain grimy. So I got my homemade windex and went to town cleaning this thing up. With a little elbow grease, it’s looking pretty good.
(oops, lost that photo)
Next I measured the glass. Be sure to measure carefully to get the exact measurements of your lantern. The door is a little smaller than the rest. Time to cut the four panels for the lantern.
The Cricut Maker tried to cut to cut through my dollar tree cutting board, but after 10 passes Set on natural wood veneer with the deep cut blade I gave up. It did leave a nice guide line to use the scissors on to cut the rest of the way. So the edges aren’t straight and smooth, it doesn’t matter! They are going to be inside and never seen.
Dollar Tree Panels
Now it’s time to apply my design from design space. Each panel is the exact size of the cutting board pieces and I used my scissors to cut them after the Cricut Maker had done its thing. This is to help center them when I apply them to the plastic pieces.
I just couldn’t waste these perfectly good stars, so I carefully weeded them out and placed them on another scrap of backing paper for another project some day.
After carefully transferring all the panels, I’m ready to put them into the lantern. (This is tricky, mine have a few bubbles and a crease, but you have to be looking super close to see them in the finished lantern.) They fit perfectly and I don’t think it could have turned out any better! A flickering battery tea light replaces the old , broken candle and it twinkles just right to shine through the panels.
Too Stinkin’ Cute
So now I’m proud to set this beauty next to a fairy garden that is displayed on an old radio. Another great fairy garden related project! I’m so ready for some warm evening to be able to sit outside in the evening and enjoy the soft light simmering through these cute panels. Amazing what you can do with a dollar tree plastic cutting board! Perfect for my diy lantern inserts with Cricut.
So what to you think? Are you inspired to do your own lantern? I’d love to see your projects and thoughts in the comments below.